Bombay Shrimp Saute
with basmati rice
Indian spices bring this simple saute of veggies and shrimp (or chickpeas) to life. While it's not a 'cool' summer dish, sometimes a little heat is just what we need on hot days.
Smarts: A light nuke of veggies like carrots makes the cooking process a lot faster.
- Basmati rice - 1 1/3 cup
- Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
- Ghee - 1 Tbsp ((Sub butter))
- Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
- Onions - 1, chopped
- Carrots - 1 lb, sliced thinly
- Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
- Coriander - 1/2 tsp
- Curry powder - 1/2 tsp
- Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
- Paprika - 1/2 tsp
- Ginger powder - 1/4 tsp
- Salt - 1/4 tsp
- Shrimp - 1 lb, peeled and deveined
- Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Crushed tomatoes - 1 cup
- Peas - 2 cups ((Purchase fresh if you can find them shucked))
- Lemon - 1/2, juice of
- Cook basmati rice - This makes enough for tomorrow night's dinner too. Combine basmati rice with 2x the amount of water in a Dutch oven (or in a rice cooker). Add cumin seeds, ghee, and a sprinkle of salt. Cover and bring to boil. Lower heat and cook until all the water gets absorbed, 25 minutes. Fluff with a wooden spoon when done. Reserve half for tomorrow night. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Garlic / Onions / Carrots / Cilantro - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Mix spices - Mix together coriander, curry powder, garam masala, paprika, ginger powder, and salt. If you have kids, you can make a taste test tray of these spices for a fun cooking activity. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Shrimp - Defrost and drain. Toss with some salt and pepper.
- Place carrots into a microwave-safe container. Cover with a wet paper towel, and microwave on high for 1 minute. This will just speed up cooking a lot later on. (If you don't have a microwave, no worries. Your carrots will just take a bit longer to cook.)
- Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add first part of cooking oil and then shrimp to heated oil. Toss for 2 to 3 minutes, until the shrimp is just pink on the outside. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
- Return pan to heat and add second part of cooking oil. Next add garlic and onions. Saute until softened, 3 minutes. If the pan looks dry add a splash of water or stock (that should always be a rule of thumb).
- Next add in carrots, crushed tomatoes, and spices. If you are using fresh peas, add them in now too. Saute until carrots are cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes.
- Return shrimp to pan with peas (if using frozen). Toss everything through and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through. Turn off heat and finish with lemon juice and garnish with cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper or any of the other spices. Enjoy over basmati rice!
What just happened in my house? My six year olds ate this and said it was good. This was an adventurous meal for picky kids and we are not accustomed to Indian cuisine. This would not be a go to meal for us but I would make it again if I were wanting this type of flavor. Definitely worth trying this one! My kids liked it a lot at first and then seemed to get tired of it but this was huge progress in them trying new cuisine. I was not sure I would like it and it was very good.0 Helpful
I left out a few items: ginger,peas, crushed tomatoes. This meal was so flavorful and it smelled soooo good. I am making it again today but I am using chicken. I think that the shrimp is the best protein for this meal but I will find out.0 Helpful
Kind of like an Indian shepherd's pie. Very filling.0 Helpful
I don't do the vegetarian version very often, but this was really, really good. Fantastic flavors.0 Helpful
I would give this a 3.5... I'm still getting comfortable with cooking shrimp at home. For some reason, I never feel sure it's totally done. The spices were perfect for shrimp, though.0 Helpful
Super yummy and I liked how colourful it was. I think next time I'll add some chili pepper.0 Helpful